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Arizona Historymakers™
BIOGRAPHY

Arizona Historical Society

Raúl Hector  Castro

1916 - 2015



Honored as Historymaker 2014

Governor of Arizona & United States Ambassador



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Raúl Castro (1916- 2015) was elected in 1974 and served as Arizona's only Hispanic governor. He was born into a poor family in Sonora, Mexico, and immigrated as a child. Through sacrifice and perseverance, he became an award-winning boxer, teacher, attorney, Pima County judge, and Arizona governor. He served under three U.S. presidents as ambassador to El Salvador, Bolivia, and Argentina.